If you had told me 10+ years ago, I would be a HUGE fan of Dale Jr. or for that matter even know who Dale Jr. was.
I would of laughed at you and said your crazy, but on a sunny day in Feburary 2001. I was sitting there watching the Daytona 500 (I was a fan of his fathers).
I saw the crash it seemed like it wasnt a bad crash but bad enough he would be feeling it for a couple of days.
I remember waiting and waiting to see him get out of the car but as we know that never happened.
Then they showed the heartbreaking picture of a son running to the infield care center to see his father. I dont think he knew how bad it was until he got there.
Teresa and Junior followed the ambulance over to the hospital where Earnhardt was pronounced dead.
The look of devastation on that boys face just broke my heart. I wanted to reach thru my tv. Then just hold him in my arms and give him support.
I mean real support that is when that man snuggled his way into my heart and he has been there ever since.
Now as another year approaches, I grow excited for the prospect that this maybe Junior's year.
The year Junior makes it onto the championship podium where in my heart of hearts. I think he belongs up there holding that trophy high and proud.
With the knowledge that an Earnhardt has finally made it back up on to the championship podium.
Honestly I would be proud of him without a championship, he is my champion always will be No. 1 to me. with or without that trophy.
He has to know, I am standing strong beside him thru the good, the bad and the ugly times.
I would never turn my back on him nor would I abandon him when things get rough.
I just needed to write my heart out for the world, to see I can't wait for racing to begin again.
Lets go get 'em No. 88, make me proud.
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